MARTIN Murray believes he may have to endure a fierce 12-round war with Felix Sturm in the pair’s battle for the WBA world middleweight title in Mannheim, Germany, on December 2.
So-far unbeaten St Helens fighter Murray, however, is preparing for all eventualities and that could mean having to out-box the champion in his own back yard in a fortnight’s time.
Current British and Commonwealth champ Murray, a former Wigan ABC favourite, said: “Sturm’s been 12 rounds 14 times, and he’s been stopped only once.
“Therefore a stoppage is not really going to happen is it?
“We do think I can beat him on points.”
Murray, 29, has been chasing a high-profile world title fight for the last two years, and he believes his relative lack of knockout victories in the early part of his 23-fight career may have prompted Sturm to pick him for this forthcoming voluntary defence.
But once again, the now Warrington-based fighter is urging Sturm not to take his challenge lightly – if he does, he may well come a cropper in front of his legions of fans at a packed-out SAP Arena.
“In the past, I’ve fought a lot of journeymen, and a lot of people who just came to survive,” added Murray.
“I didn’t have the type of opponents who were coming in at the right weight and getting knocked out, so my record doesn’t do my punching power any justice.
“I thought somewhere along the line someone like Sturm would take a gamble on me, thinking that I can’t punch and I’ll make for an easy defence.
“He might be taking me lightly for my record and the more he does, the better for me.
“We’re going over there working on tactics for 12 hard rounds, and we do think we can beat him on points.”